S.C. Dems Uphold Newcomer's Primary Win

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South Carolina Democratic party officials have decided to uphold the surprising election results by letting Alvin Greene's surprising primary victory stand.

Greene, the Democrat who came out of nowhere to win a statewide primary against party favorite Vic Rawl, has won again. The unknown candidate has seasoned politicians scratching their heads

The 32 year-old unemployed Army veteran lives with his father and is facing a felony charge for showing Internet porn to a college student.

Political pundits, including Rawl, can't figure out how Greene handily won an election for which he didn't campaign. He had no Web site and raised no money.

Rawl appealed to party officials for a new primary, but at a meeting Thursday night, leaders said there wasn't enough evidence of impropriety to nullify the results.

"The vote is in favor of rejecting the protest," State Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler said.

The decision was made despite testimony from election workers that some of Rawl's supporters couldn't get voting machines to register their vote for Rawl.

"They tried to vote for Judge Rawl, and the square would not light up, and they would have to repeatedly press it four to six times," one of his supporters said.

"This was the only opportunity I had to bring it before a group of people who have the best interests of the Democratic party and the state of South Carolina in their hearts and minds," Rawl said.

Rawl said he'll accept the party's decision, but that's not keeping Americans from scratching their heads.

Greene now faces incumbent Republican Sen. Jim Demint in the general election this November. He is heavily favored to win.

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